An aesthetician, also known as a skin care specialist, is a personal care technician who works with clients in order to improve and maintain the delicate texture and condition of their skin. The skin is the largest organ of a person’s body, and so a person will need to find a good aesthetics program that teaches them both traditional and modern skin care practices and techniques, as well as how to perform them all safely and hygienically.
Aestheticians, like other personal care technicians, are usually paid by the hour, and those hourly wages are supplemented by tips from satisfied clients. Therefore, it’s difficult to arrive at an average annual salary for those who work in aesthetics. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2011, aestheticians earned a median hourly wage (including tips) of $15.42.